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Kemp Sails takes on Hoods Brand

Effective from 1st December 2006 Hood Sailmakers will be operated under license in the United Kingdom by Kemp Sails Limited. The full Hood Sailmakers product range manufactured in the internationally acclaimed Hood Polyester Sailcloth and Hood Vektron™ Sailcloth, will be offered alongside the existing Kemp Sails range of cruising and racing products.

The existing Hood Sailmakers loft in Lymington will be closed down and the production servicing and support of the Hood Sailmakers customers will be continued from Kemp Sails Sailmaking facility in Wareham, Dorset.

Existing Hood and Kemp customers will experience a complete continuity in service and standard of customer care as Kemp Sails will fulfil all current and future orders for Hood Sailmakers UK customers.

Both Hood and Kemp Sail brands will be exhibited at London’s ExCeL based boat show from 5-14th January 2007, on stand N115.

The two Sailmaking brands will be operated alongside each other, as each brand has distinct strengths and characteristics, hence the Alliance will enable the brands to share common administrative and production resources in the UK, whilst maintaining the brand’s individualities, in a ‘commercial structure’ commonly now seen to be working effectively in the motoring industry.

Tim Woodhouse, President of Hood Sailmakers said “We are very pleased to have formed this alliance with Kemp Sails, as the overhead structure in Hood Sail’s Lymington loft has become less and less commercially viable in recent years. We have found with Kemp Sails a partner who is able to continue with the Hood Sailmakers brand in a more commercially competitive structure and also have both the facilities and experience to offer Hood’s customers the very high standard of care and service that they have come to expect.”

Additionally, Kemp Sails had quite recently employed Mark Woodford, formerly Hood Sail’s (Lymington based) Production Manager and Sail Designer of over 20 years, so the ‘continuity’ really is complete.

Matthew Atkins, General Manager of Kemp Sails commented that “the Kemp Sails’ brand has developed throughout it’s 22 year history under the careful direction of Rob Kemp, and the brand has built an excellent reputation for high quality products and customer service in the small to medium sized yacht sails market. Hood have probably the oldest established ‘heritage’ in Sailmaking and Sailcloth manufacture, spanning 5 decades, including having made sails for many renowned Cruising, Racing and Mega Yachts. The synergy created by offering the two brands simultaneously, means that we can present yacht owners of all boat sizes the perfect product, experience, support and brand solution from under one roof”.